ARTICLES ON Emerging Market Business

Sharron McPherson Promises and Perils of Africa's
Emerging Market Business

The promises and perils of Africa's digital revolution

Exponential digital advancement across Africa, spurred on by the COVID-19 crisis, is indeed a game changer. But its impact – the good and the bad – requires a more nuanced and intelligent analysis if we really are to build back better.

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Posted on 15 September 2021 by Sharron McPherson
Cyber security: Professor Herman Singh
Emerging Market Business

Cyber security: a critical risk that’s only set to get worse

The Transnet cyber-attack should sound a warning bell to vulnerable State Owned Enterprises and private sector firms that have been slow to beef up their cyber security systems. The alarming rise in ransomware attacks means many are only one click away from disaster.

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Posted on 6 September 2021 by Herman Singh
Ralph Hamann
Emerging Market Business

Is the business community making environmental sustainability a priority in the wake of the pandemic?

National Environmental Awareness month is celebrated in June. We asked UCT GSB Prof Ralph Hamann to share his views on the role of business schools in addressing climate change, and whether COVID-19 has caused the business world to reprioritise environmental sustainability.

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Posted on 7 July 2021 by Ralph Hamann
Steven Kuo - Why AfCFTA
Emerging Market Business

Why AfCFTA will not put Africa at odds with China

While many worry the newly-launched African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) may harm Africa-China relations, more attention should be given to improving ease of doing business for local and Chinese businesses alike.

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Posted on 28 June 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Anton Eberhard - keeping SA in the dark
Emerging Market Business

Ministers are holding up energy reforms, keeping SA in the dark

A trillian rand needs to be invested in new power in South Africa over the next decade in order to restore energy security. Opening up the electricity sector to massive flows of private investment in generation capacity is now our only option, but key enabling reforms still have to be enacted.

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Posted on 27 May 2021 by Anton Eberhard
Nicholas Biekpe All eyes on DFIs as Africa
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All eyes on DFIs as Africa looks to economic recovery

DFIs can be the catalysts for a stronger and more inclusive continent, but they need to expand their remit to include a focus on SMEs as a key priority.

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Posted on 14 May 2021 by Nicholas Biekpe
society and economy - MEDIA
Emerging Market Business

SA is running out of time to fix its society and economy

Freedom Day celebrations ring hollow when the vast majority of black people in this country remain economically and socially marginalised. To unlock our future, we must invest in our people — and fast — to build a new culture of innovation, proactiveness, and risk-taking.

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Posted on 29 April 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
democracy in SA - MEDIA
Emerging Market Business

Is support for democracy in SA waning?

On 27 April each year South Africans celebrate Freedom Day in commemoration of the first democratic elections in 1994. We asked UCT GSB Professor Thomas Koelble to give us his thoughts on whether support for democracy in the country is waning, and how this system is being affected by globalisation.

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Posted on 27 April 2021 by Thomas Koelble
KURTAPRIL2021- MEDIA
Emerging Market Business

Social justice in South Africa is as much business’ crisis as it is government’s

Busisiwe Mavuso (CEO at Business Leadership SA) was the speaker at the quarterly Allan Gray Speaker Series event, hosted virtually by the UCT GSB in March. We asked Professor Kurt April, who led the discussion, to share some of the key takeouts.

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Posted on 29 March 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
MEDIA - 345X345
Emerging Market Business

Vaccine roll-out woes put spotlight back on Africa’s power crisis

As African countries scramble to acquire and roll-out vaccines across the continent, the urgent need for reliable energy supply is once again in the spotlight.

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Posted on 18 March 2021 by Wikus Kruger
Health Kathusa  - media
Emerging Market Business

COVID-19 vaccination is the social justice challenge of our time

The first COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in South Africa amid much fanfare — drowning out the voices of those asking why we are paying double for them in the first place and why they are unlikely to help those who need them most.

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Posted on 4 February 2021 by Katusha De Villiers
SA film industry - media
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UCT GSB teaching case study on SA film industry wins top international award

Researchers from the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) have taken top honours in a prestigious international case writing competition, for their teaching case on the challenges of financing digital entertainment.

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Posted on 26 June 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
IE_Media_gumede
Emerging Market Business

New coal and nuclear power proposals undermine prospects of a post-Covid-19 economic recovery

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s attachment to ‘clean coal’ and new nuclear as immediate options for a post-Covid-19 economic recovery would be comical if they were not financially ruinous. Their fixation on these non-competitive, non-commercial technologies is now wasting scarce public resources.

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Posted on 17 June 2020 by Anton Eberhard
mundia mundia - media
Emerging Market Business

The role of development finance in rebuilding South Africa’s economy post-COVID-19

The global COVID-19 pandemic has set back developing countries especially, but it also offers an opportunity to rethink their development path.

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Posted on 15 June 2020 by Mundia Kabinga
Africa needs to embrace digitisation​ - media
Emerging Market Business

It's the 80s rewind - but with internet

South Africa needs to seize the opportunities for digitisation which have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, in order to thrive in the new global economy.

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Posted on 18 May 2020 by Herman Singh
Cape Talk logo - Media
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Q&A with Siwe Kuse about the Open Africa Power programme

Siwe Kuse, a researcher at the Power Futures Lab spoke with Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies about being a fellow on the Open Africa Power (OAP) Programme, an education initiative co-hosted hosted by the UCT GSB in partnership with Enel Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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Posted on 17 February 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
Press Office
Emerging Market Business

Enel Foundation and UCT GSB host energy training in SA in celebration of Nelson Mandela

Enel Foundation, together with the UCT GSB as host, has inaugurated the third edition of Open Africa Power (OAP), aimed at empowering a new generation of leaders to drive Africa’s clean energy transition.

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Posted on 10 February 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
time is running up - media
Emerging Market Business

Time is running out if we want to fix SA’s power crisis

Eskom’s new CEO Andre de Ruyter says it will take time to solve the South Africa energy situation. But as a new CSIR report chillingly points out - time is not on our side.

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Posted on 5 January 2020 by Wikus Kruger
Can the Coming Digital Tsunami Media
Emerging Market Business

Can the coming digital tsunami carry Africa to higher ground?

There is growing evidence that digitalisation could create new opportunities particularly for innovative entrepreneurs, and bring more inclusive growth through real job creation if the right choices are made.

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Posted on 18 July 2019 by Mignon Reyneke
Improving healthcare in MEDIA
Emerging Market Business

Improving healthcare in remote areas of Africa requires radical collaboration

While there are many innovative healthcare initiatives working to improve healthcare in rural Africa, the reality is that no one organisation can go it alone. Radical collaboration between organisations and with governments is needed to overhaul the system.

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Posted on 9 July 2019 by Katusha De Villiers
Three winning ways to tackle MEDIA
Emerging Market Business

Three winning ways to tackle youth unemployment through development finance

Development finance is an underutilised tool that can be directed towards tackling South Africa’s unacceptably high youth unemployment beyond the remit of mainstream finance.

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Posted on 1 June 2019 by Xolisa Dhlamini
4 March 2019 - Back to blackous energy pr
Emerging Market Business

Back to blackouts: SA's energy problems just the tip of the iceberg

Public-Private Partnerships, access to financing and targeted skills development will be crucial in addressing Africa’s chronic power shortage.

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Posted on 4 March 2019 by Wikus Kruger
DEVELOPMENT FINANCE INSTITUTIONS - MEDIA
Emerging Market Business

Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) can lead SA’s economic recovery

While government has identified DFIs as a key partner in delivering an economic turnaround — these institutions lack capacity and resources to do their jobs effectively. Fixing this will be a necessity.

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Posted on 4 November 2018 by Nicholas Biekpe